Yonex R-22....Wow!!

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  1. jdeloach

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    I was about to sell a Yonex RexKing 22 that I found hidden at a local thrift store, but after taking it for a hit today.......nevermind!! This thing was amazing!! I have not had that much fun with a racquet in a long time.
    Has anyone else hit with one? If so, what was your opinion?
     
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  2. galain

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    One of the classics from the 80's. Beautiful feel and good at everything. If I recall, they had a tendency to break around the head - I know I snapped one in half from a mis-hit overhead, and I saw a few others go in similar ways too.

    I always liked it better than it's big brother, the R27, which was just too much racquet for me to handle. The only other Yonex that was better was the conventional shaped version - the RX 32 - in my opinion the very best thing Yonex has ever produced.
     
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  3. jdeloach

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    Now I have to try and find one of those!! Thanks for the info.
     
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  4. TonyB

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    Yes, I still have (and play with) my R-22. It's an amazing racquet.

    Very flexible, almost too much so. I started looking for replacement racquets when I began to lose effectiveness at the net due to off-center shots. My racquet would just "buzz" and the ball would go nowhere.

    Granted, it has a lot to do with technique. If I hit the ball in the center, like I'm supposed to, then I wouldn't have a problem. But it's also a low-powered racquet, so I was looking for something with a little more pop and stiffness at the net and on the serve. It also doesn't have quite the level of control that some of the newer racquets offer.

    But otherwise, yes, it's a fantastic racquet. I pull it out of the bag when I want a "soft" playing racquet that I can actually get some FEEL out of when I'm around the net. Very old-skool, very comfortable.

    I bought mine in 1986 (I think) and still play with it. I've actually been looking for another one on "the bay" and haven't found one in my grip size, unfortunately.
     
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  5. WhiteSox05CA

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    I've always wanted to pick up some sweet racquet at a thrift store. The last one I went to only had an M-Fil 300
     
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    They had an M-Fil 300 at the thrift store WhiteSox!! CRAP I need to start going to them and checking if they have them at the THRIFT STORES!! OMG how much was it.
     
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  7. Borat

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    It was pretty much retail price, I was there.
     
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  8. Pushmaster

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    Are you talking about the 90 or 95? I have a 95 (white and silver) and it's one of the sweetest racquets I've ever played with. Very flexible, but solid (not noodlely). Wish I could pick up another one in good shape, but they're very rare.
     
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  9. jdeloach

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    Mine is the 90". I will post some pics later tonight
     
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  10. TonyB

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    Yup, the 90 sq. in. is where it's at.

    Black and silver. Nice frame.
     
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  11. Pushmaster

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    I'd like to try the 90. I put a bid (you know where) on one awhile back, but got snaked at the last second.
     
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  12. TonyB

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    Like most racquets, the R-22 is a little dead at the top of the hoop, but that's normal. What strikes me as a little "not-so-good" about the frame is the fact that when you do hit the dead spots, the frame really vibrates significantly in your hand. Not the high-frequency, elbow-destroying vibrations, but a sort of "rattling" that is uncomfortable. The ball just drops dead off the frame in those instances.

    But as I said, as long as you hit near the center of the racquet, all is well. It's a smooth frame, certainly, but does lack some power, even when strung low. I string mine around 50 lb. with tournament nylon.
     
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  13. jdeloach

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    Here are some pics of my new (old) Yonex:


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  14. damasta55

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    was there a r-23, b/c i think i was using that for the last two days i went to practice, it was b/c i forgot to bring a racquet, so i used one in the shed. the r-23 looked almost like the one above, but its almost all black.
     
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  15. TonyB

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    Nice condition, jdeloach!

    I just recently got rid of the original leather grip on my racquet (after 20+ years!). Of course, I replaced it with leather, but it's not as good as the original grip. Nothing ever is.
     
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  16. jdeloach

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    Thanks, TonyB! I agree, it is hard to beat the feeling of the original leather.
     
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  17. damasta55

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    i was using this http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCBOS-R23.html. The r-23 just yesterday. It was strung with some weird blue string that was textured. It was a pretty good racquet, i was actually doing pretty well with it. I think if it had a different string, it would've been pretty good.
     
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  18. bebots

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    Does anyone know the specs of the Yonex R-22? I just found one at the Salvation Army! Is it really 90"?
     
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  19. frekcles

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    Kumusta Pare?

    Yonex R-22
    Head Size:90
    Length: 27
    Weight: 12.5
    Swingweight: 325
    Stiffness: 52
     
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  20. deme08

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    12.5 oz? I just bought one and it feels much lighter than that.
     
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  21. superstition

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    Yonex racquets from that time were weighted proportional to grip size, and there were variants with super light, light, and (possibly) medium.
     
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  22. fastswingVD

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    would like to see the picture of it
     
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  23. TonyB

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    Mine weighs 344 grams (12.1 oz.) strung with leather grip and two layers of protective head tape on it.
     
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  24. LanEvo

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    the pics dont work
     
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  25. deme08

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    I see. Mine is 4 1/4 so I guess thats the reason it felt light.
     
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  26. brianbrothers009

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    mine is great
     
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  27. Baxter

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    I'm picking one up tomorrow morning.
     
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  28. Steria

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    A Yonex R-22 or another frame? Post pictures tomorrow.
     
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  29. Baxter

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    R-22. It's in excellent shape, grip is one size small for me, 4 3/8. The leather is still perfectly tacky. What a wonderful grip. I will be hitting with it tomorrow at 8 am. A cold front is coming so this might be my last chance for a while. I have a Picasa account and when I link to a pic all my stuff is viewable, so I don't post pics. I know I'm going to like it. I played with a Cyborg 2200 in my prime.
     
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    ^ Sucks for you... :cool:
     
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    http://www.tinypic.com
     
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  32. Baxter

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    This is a wonderful racket. Easy to maneuver at the net, plenty of power, flexy but not overly flexy. This is the first classic I've hit with that I would consider using as my main racket. I will post some pics if I can get the head tape goo off of it. Otherwise it's close to mint.
     
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  33. mad dog1

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    try using some rubbing alcohol and some elbow grease to remove the leftover adhesive
     
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  34. Steve Huff

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    I used that racket in the late 80s. I broke several of them. That's the main reason I switched. I will admit though, that they were great hitting rackets. Yonex was good about replacing them, but just got tired of sending them off.
     
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  35. coachrick

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    I repped YY in the mid-eighties...Next to the 200G Dunlop(repped them also), the R-22 was probably the most often returned frame among pro-shop rackets, percentage-wise. Scores and scores of them returned with cracks in the upper 'corners'.
     
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  36. mhkeuns

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    R-27 Rexboron feels so much better to me than the R-22 Rexking.
     
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  37. coachrick

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    I agree...much the same way the R-10 felt so much better than the R-7, especially on shots slightly higher in the face.
     
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  38. retrowagen

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    'Isometric' designs (Snauwaert "Dyno" mould, for instance, in addition to the Yonex molds and perhaps even the Rossignol F-200 and other F-series mids) seemed all to have structural weak points at the upper "corners" - which were the two points most naturally in harm's way on hardcourt, as well. An unfortunate drawback on an otherwise good engineering precept. :neutral:
     
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  39. WARPWOODIE

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    I just picked up an R-10 for $5.00 in great shape. I too have two of the R-7 and the only difference (to the R-10) it seems is the color, where the R-10 is black and R-7 is brown. The R-10 is strung with poly's and is one helluva stick! I Will at some point put poly's on the R-7 as well. And last but not least, I also have the R-22 rexking. Smaller head size than the R-7 and R-10, but is a sweet stick to hit with as well.:) They all have leather powerpads on them.
     
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  40. retrowagen

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    R10 was 100% graphite; R7 was a graphite/fiberglass composite, IIRC.
     
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    Is this an example of what you are talking about?

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    This carcass sat in a thrift shop bin for a year (I really don't understand the mentality of people who would 'donate' something like this to charity), until I decided to bring it home as an autopsy project. I am just waiting for the price of CO2 laser cutters to come down a bit... :-?

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  42. retrowagen

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    It looks to my engineering eye that that unlucky R-7 ("What'd it ever do to you??!!") was the victim of a racquet spiking, not routine wear and tear. Sad... Though I am haunted by the spirits of several Head Elite Pros and a few Prestige Tour 600's that I murdered, as an angry young man. :oops::cry:
     
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  43. coachrick

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    As retro mentioned, the composition difference meant the R-10 was stiffer than the R-7. At the time I was a rep for YY, we also carried Babolat. I had some of the sweetest hitting demos with all that sample gut!
     
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  44. mad dog1

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    seeing this thread prompted me to take my R-22 out for a hit. great stick. a bit underpowered compared to my modern sticks, but nevertheless a lot of fun.:)
     
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  45. Fedinkum

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    Any recommendation for string tension for the R22? I remember alot of early stock Yonnexs were pre-strung with very low tension. Was there a reason? After reading these posts, I feel like pulling it out for a fun hit.
     
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  46. Antónis

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    Here's my R-22, hope you like this pics.

    I'm not a Yonex fan, so I never had to chance to take this one for a hit (the strings are completely loose, but I like that old school string job, very 80's like)

    (By the way, if someone is interested, I have this one in the Europe/UK for sale or trade thread)
     
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  47. djinni999

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    I bought one only because it was Navratilova's racquet and it cost me $10. it's in decent condition, but to me it's an ugly frame, lacking class. i had it strung with klip 17 gut. it volleys really well and slices are very biting and smooth (though the gut is doing most of this). other than that it is pretty much useless. groundstrokes suck. can't put much action on the ball. it has a strange vibration. not uncomfortable or anything but irritating, along with the sound it makes.
    by comparison, the original Head Graphite Edge (with a thin poly) is devastating on groundstrokes, flat, extreme whippy topspin, you name it. even though it is flexier - at 44RDC i believe - it feels much much more solid.

    so i think the r22 is way overrated.
     
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  48. High street sw19

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    Just a thought maybe the racquet is beyond your ability level ;-)
     
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